JAPAN: US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy And Embassy Staff Go Viral With Quirky Holiday Dance [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports:

The Japanese public pays careful attention to the words and deeds of Caroline Kennedy, the United States ambassador to Japan and one of the State Department’s best-known diplomats. But Ms. Kennedy generated an unusual buzz in Tokyo this week by doing something that is almost certainly not in her job description: wearing a Santa suit and dancing in a quirky video.

The 93-second video, uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, features United States Embassy employees and consular officials across Japan mimicking dance moves from “We Married as a Job!”, a popular Japanese television series. By Friday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 3.5 million times on YouTube.

Some social media users said the timing of the video’s release, one week after an American military Osprey aircraft crash-landed off Okinawa, setting off anti-American protests, was indelicate. But many others welcomed it as pure entertainment or as a sign of warm ties between the two countries. “Wow, this is great,” one person wrote in Japanese on YouTube. “Americans are really good at getting carried away. A boring Japanese government would never do this.”

The premise of the show revolves around a man who hires a woman to pretend to be his wife. And of course, they fall in love. The show’s opening dance routine has apparently become Japan’s version of the Macarena and YouTube is filled with thousands of copycat performances.

  • Acronym Jim

    “We Married as a Job!”, a popular Japanese television series…”

    I suppose that’s a fitting bit of escapism from the reality of so many of the Japanese people who are married TO their jobs.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Okay, this made me cry. This is the goofy, engaged, creative USA I love.

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  • Kruhn

    Enjoy it while you can, Japan. The new guy, and it’ll definitely be a guy, won’t be as hip.

    • There has been speculation that it could be Bobby Valentine, former Mets manager (and former Red Sox Manager too), who once tried to sneak back into a game in disguise after being ejected:


      Kinda fitting.

      • Kruhn

        At least he’ll have a lot of baseball to watch. An upsurge of Japanese MLB players as he serves as the League’s scout?

    • Dazzer

      I dread to think who we’ll get as the new US ambassador to the UK.

      I’m pretty sure that the combination of our own Foreign Secretary (aka Britain’s buffoon, Boris Johnson), President Trump and whatever nightmare he appoints to the Court of St James has already driven senior civil servants into late-stage alcoholism in just six months.

      • Kruhn

        Easy lads and lasses. Somehow we’ll get through this. Plus you know Johnson’s appointment at Whitehall was Theresa May’s own F U to Boris.

        • Dazzer

          Nope. I’m pretty sure Theresa May has screamed ‘Fuck you!’ many times down the phone after each gaffe Boris Johnson makes. In fact, if I were her, I’d buy him a parrot for Christmas and teach it to screech: ‘Fuck you, Boris’ before she give it to him.

      • William

        Sorry Dazzer, Rick Perry is already spoken for. It will be difficult to find someone else of his caliber.

        • Dazzer

          But you’ll give it the old college try, eh?

      • ByronK

        Trump will probably give the job to Nigel Farage.

        • Dazzer

          That just made me throw up. Seriously, I think you might have given me cyber diptheria.

        • Ernest Endevor

          I see your reasoning but he’s not a US citizen. Newt Gingrich? Callista can shop at Asprey’s. London’s version of the Trump style.

          • ByronK

            I was being sarcastic Ernest…

          • B Snow

            Or not. After all, Trump doesn’t need no stinking rules.

      • Robincho

        It’s The Court of St. James’s. But any idea what lurks behind the possessive redundancy?…

        • Dazzer

          You’re correct about the proper use of the apostrophe in the Court of St James’s (although it’s frequently shortened to James these days). It’s for St James’s Palace, which is one of the lesser known palaces in London – although it was the most senior and oldest palace in the city of London as a whole.

          In protocol terms, St James’s Palace is the official residence of the British monarch and Buck House is supposed to be used for ceremonial purposes because it’s so big.

          • Robincho

            Ta, mate. I knew there had to be something OLD about this. There’s a thing I’ve always heard about when British laws are formally passed and adopted. They carry a phrase saying “La Reine Le Veult” — the Queen wishes it. Apparently it’s a holdover from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine and nobody’s thought to expunge it. True? Or do I just file this with Batboy articles I read in the check-it-out line?

            Ever since I learned that Big Ben is ONLY the name of the actual bell itself, your country’s trivia have fascinated me. As a boy, I thought Big Ben was that whole tower, but (little-known Fun Fact) that’s actually The Elizabeth Tower…

    • pj

      or human

    • james1200

      Trump just announced his ambassador to Japan and you’re right, it’s definitely a “him”.


      • Treant

        Is it wrong that, with Donnie in power, I’m sort of rooting for Godzilla?

        I, for one, welcome our enormous lizardlike overlords.

        • james1200

          As long as he stays out of Boston. You can have him visit your city.

          • David Milley

            Godzilla or Trump?

      • Kruhn

        I thought Trump was against outsourcing America’s jobs. But Godzilla would fit in the budding Trump foreign policy team.

    • Yixing’s Fluffer

      He might injure his hip…in a hotel with an hourly rate.

      • Todd Allis

        Japan has some nicely-themed love hotels.

  • Andrew Iverson

    Don’t forget she also basically cosplayed as an anime character. I have no idea if she’s actually geeky, or what, but it’s interesting.


  • Dazzer

    Good or bad as diplomacy, that was simply cute. Well done Ms Kennedy and staff.

  • joe ho

    North Carolina no longer classified as a democracy.


  • ErikDC

    I’m going to tell my brother the US Embassy he works at in Vietnam needs to step it up. I expect a viral video, bro!

    • Dazzer

      All US embassies around the world should do something similar – if only to remind the est of the world that there are good Americans before the Trumpanzees take over.

  • Treant

    The guy at 0:07 can sort of dance and sort of looks like he knows his way around a dick.

    I approve.

    • TampaDink

      There are several of the guys in this who I’d be glad to teach a few “steps” to.
      Cue the moral outrage from all of the trumpets.

      • Natty Enquirer

        I’m partial to Mr. 1:02.

        • TampaDink

          MmmmHmmmm, but I’d gladly “settle” for Mr. :07.

  • Lazycrockett

    OT Listening to the last show of NPR’s Diane Rehm show. Gonna miss her.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    I’m just grateful she didn’t do PPAP.

  • Lars Littlefield

    We need to recruit and groom Caroline to run in 2020.

    (I suspect that music is the theme song for Japan’s version of Charles in Charge. Sad.)

  • J

    I don’t care what happens in that country until same-sex couples can get legally married there.

  • Ore Carmi

    I love the diverse staff! That’s the America I know and love.

  • Ken Berry

    OMG! Why is Caroline Kennedy dressed as Colonel Sanders?


    Good girl Caroline!… now that’s foreign diplomacy!
    Please!… no emails!